Marmite toast


Whenever I asked my British expat friends in China what food they missed most from home, they would often say “marmite”. I didn’t really know what marmite was, but I knew you could use it to make gravies and sauces. It turns out that marmite is the leftover yeast of the beer brewing process that is concentrated.

Many British people eat marmite plain on a slice of toast, so that’s what I set out to do. Marmite has a very strong flavor that I can only describe with that illustrious Japanese word “umami”. It’s very savory, meaty even, and also has a strong sourness to it. It’s too strong for me to eat plain on toast, but I can definitely see myself using it for a nice gravy.

Fear Factor – 4 / Taste Test – 5


Welcome to “off the bitten path”, my blog about the unusual tastes from around the world.

I decided to start this blog after having lived in China for almost 6 years. During those years in China, and during my travels abroad, I’ve come in contact with foods and drinks I would not normally eat. This could be animals I’m not used to eating, parts of animals I’m not used to eating, flavor combinations I’m not used to eating or anything else that strikes me as odd.

In this blog I will describe the products I tried and tested and score them according to the “fear factor” and the “taste test”. The fear factor tell you how much, or indeed how little, I was looking forward to trying that item. A low score means I wasn’t worried at all, but a high score tell you I was at the point of giving up.

Some of the items in this blog might not strike you as odd at all. Depending on where you’re from, it might be perfectly normal for you. Just remember what’s normal for you, might be strange to others.

Allow me to take you on a journey to the wonderfully weird, the utterly unusual, the seemingly strange and the blatantly bizarre.